Back to Moonstone
Emily and Kalten need some rest. (If you read the last scene I gave them, you'd know why!) I've been working on the Moonstone expansion again. Besides, I got a great idea on how to rescue the end of Moonstone's latest chapter. This is the one where the king dies after betrothing Moonstone and Rowena and then telling them he is disinheriting Prince Ashe. After King Blackwood died, the action and drama was there, but much of it wasn't very interesting. Or at least it didn't involve me, and that's not a good sign. I decided it would make more sense for Moonstone to end up in the dungeon, falsely accused of regicide. And in his next chapter, Moonstone escapes but has to go about in disguise. If I have my way, his first disguise will be as a woman! As Piglet would say, "Oh, d-dear." (Actually in this case Piglet would probably say "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!")
A Cool New YA Fantasy Novel
I have to plug The Hollow Kingdom
by Clare B. Dunkle. This is a YA fantasy novel that combines great ideas of fantasy and old legends (goblin kings and captured brides and hidden kingdoms) with historical fiction. And to top it all off, there's a romantic element. Yes, the book is short, but there is still room for a plot, surprises, interesting characters, and even involving background and description.
Here is a link to the
author's web site
Now the trick is figuring out why I barely glanced at the regular SF/fantasy section in Borders the other day, but lingered in the YA fantasy/SF section. Maybe I was instinctively looking for authors who remembered how to tell (gasp!) stories, instead of meandering about for ten books.